101 in 1001

After seeing Zoot’s and Ashley’s lists, I knew I wanted to do the “101 Things in 1001 Days” project myself. Here are the project guidelines:

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable, or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of effort on your part.)

Start date: June 27, 2009
End date: March 24, 2012 (shortly after my 32nd birthday… wow!)
I’ve posted my list below and will keep coming back to update…

**Edited to add: Here’s a link to my official recap after I finished the 1001 days. I’ll still keep this list up as I continue to check things off.**

Sports and Exercise:
1. Run a 10-miler. (Army Ten Miler, 10/4/09)
2. Run a half-marathon. (5/9/10)
3. Run an 8:30 mile. (2/17/10)
4. Try a bikram yoga class. (11/18/11)
5. Make it to the top of the tall rockclimbing wall.
6. Learn to play golf.
7. Go snowboarding.
8. Do a pull-up, unassisted.

Health and Wellness:
9. Do yoga 3X/week for a month. (May 2011)
10. Floss every day for a month. (8/14/09)
11. Lose 10 pounds.(8/31/10)
12. Eat whole foods (nothing processed) for a week. (4/25/10)
13. Take vitamins every day for a month. (8/19/09)
14. Stay within Spark calories/WW points for the entire week, 4X. (1/9/11)
15. Get a physical.

16. Write 10 letters to friends. (7/10)
17. Travel to visit 3 out-of-state friends. (July 2009 — visit Sarah in San Diego; July 2009 — visit Jill in NYC; October 2009 — visit Erin in MN)
18. Send holiday cards. (New Years 2010)
19. Have a girls-only slumber party. (Stayed at my friend Lara’s for my pseudo-bachelorette party!) (8/8/10)
20. Send 5 random care packages to friends. (3/5)
21. Take a girls-weekend trip. (pseudo-bachelorette girls weekend in NYC) (8/8/10)
22. Go out to a fancy dinner with Adam for no reason at all. (Millennium in San Francisco) (June 2011)
23. Take a vacation with just Adam (not to visit friends). (11/15/10)

24. Post every day for a month. (NaBloPoMo — November 2009)
25. Link a Flickr account to my website. (2/16/11)
26. Post 10-photo based entries.
27. Have someone do a guest post on my blog.
28. Do a guest post on someone else’s blog.
29. Create a “cast of characters” page. (I did this, then took it down because I decided I didn’t like it. But it was still done!)
30. Meet one blogger I read in person. Brunch and shopping with RA!

31. Move photos from old computer to new one. (Apparently, Adam did this without my knowing, but I’m counting it!)
32. Organize digital photos on computer.
33. Make back-up digital copies of photos.
34. Print out photos for photo albums.  (7/11 — Made a wedding album.)
35. Update my address book. (2/10/11)

Crafts and Creativity:
36. Learn how to make handmade cards.
37. Make and send 5 handmade cards.
38. Draw in my sketchbook every day for a week.
39. Do a charcoal rendering of a photograph.
40. Create a PhotoBook. (our wedding guestbook)
41. Make a TasteBook.
42. Paint pottery at a studio. (11/10/10)
43. Learn to make a mosaic.
44. Take an art class.

45. Take a cooking class. (2/26/12)
46. Make a souffle. (2/21/11)
47. Make bread (not quickbread) from scratch.
48. Have a sushi-making party. (1/21/12)
49. Make bagels from scratch. (3/4/12)
50. Make one new recipe a week for 4 consecutive weeks. (8/26/09)
51. Join a CSA. (Summer 2010)
52. Make a cheesecake.
53. Learn how to perfectly poach an egg.
54. Make pasta from scratch. (1/23/11)
55. Make homemade granola or granola bars.
56. Try 10 new restaurants. (El Zarape (San Diego); Sipz Cafe (San Diego); Cafe Coyote (San Diego); Extraordinary Desserts (San Diego); Taiyo (Los Angeles); Mel’s Drive-In (Los Angeles); Mustard Seed Cafe (Los Angeles); Sambos (Santa Barbara); Malabar (Capitola, CA); Katy’s Place (Carmel by the Sea))

57. Go unplugged for a weekend — no internet, phone, television.
58. Read a Shakespeare play I haven’t read before.
59. Complete a 500+ piece puzzle by myself. (10/5/11)
60. Get an hourly bonus.
61. Read a non-fiction book.
62. Vote in a non-presidential election. (11/3/09)

63. Go to the movies alone.
64. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry.
65. Have an at-home spa day.

Helping Others:
66. Buy 5 gifts from Etsy. (5/5)
67. Donate money to a charity/cause that is important to me.
68. Donate old suits.
69. Donate to Toys for Tots.
70. Donate food to a food bank.

71. Go to 5 museums. (Museum of the City of New York – 3/14/10, Little League Museum – 9/25/10, Museum of Crime and Punishment – 4/3/11, Sport  Legend Museum – 5/15/11, Experience Music Project – 6/14/11)
72. Go to the National Zoo. (Zoo Lights – 12/09)
73. See a musical or play. (Elf -12/10)
74. Attend a free concert. (8/30/09 — Virgin Mobile FreeFest)
75. Go to 3 festivals. (6/27/09 — Smithsonian Folklife Festival; 10/11/09 — DC Green Festival; 9/18/10 — H Street Festival)

D.C. Area:
76. Go to the Baltimore Aquarium. (7/31/10)
77. Enjoy the views from the top of the Old Post Office building.
78. Tour the National Cathedral.

Destinations and Experiences:
79. Go to a winery or brewery.
80. Travel outside the U.S.
81. Go to the beach. (7/3/09)
82. See the Pacific Ocean. (7/3/09)
83. Visit 3 new states. (7/3/09 — CA; 10/16/09 — MN; 11/15/10 — HI)
84. Ride a rollercoaster.
85. Visit 4 baseball stadiums I haven’t been to. (3/4) (7/4/09 — San Diego Padres; 7/10/09 — San Francisco Giants (NO HITTER!); 8/2/09 — CitiField (or “the new Shea”); 9/12/09 — Yankee Stadium)
86. Play miniature golf. (summer 2010)
87. Take a spontaneous weekend trip (decide that week).
88. Watch a sunrise. (11/2010)
89. See the Christmas tree at Rockefellar Center. (12/11/10)
90. Go tubing or rafting. (8/6/11)
91. Go sledding or snowtubing.
92. See Cirque du Soleil.
93. Go ice skating. (1/28/11)
94. Hike a section of the Appalachian Trail.
95. Visit a National Park. (7/11/09 — Alcatraz)
96. See a Supreme Court argument.

97. Go an entire month without buying any clothes, 3X. (2/3)
98. Go an entire week without buying any food or drink out (excl. grocery shopping).
99. Bring lunch to work every day for a month.
100. Go a month without buying coffee (except grocery store and dinner out).
101. Save $10,000.

(italicized = in progress; strikethrough = completed)


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